Today I received details of a new breed of exhibition budgerigar that has some very exagerated . Coincidentally before I received this post this morning I was thinking about breeding pet budgies and what breed of budgie would I create if I started breeding pet budgerigars again, with view that by far the greatest demand is for pet budgies and that the great majority of discarded and culled budgies from exhibition budgie breeders at present are progressively devaluing the characteristics that I envisage for high quality pet budgies.
I will briefly list some of these potential selection criteria for your consideration in case you also could be interested in breeding pet budgies as a hobby or commercially.
1. Vitality and robustness and adaptability to a wide range of climates and diets
2. longetivity.. many exhibition budgies have a quality of life expectency of 3-5 yrs, some are even shorter. The oldest budgies I have cared for have been late teens and early twenties so we have an idea of what is possible.
3. free from zoonotic infections especially chlamydia
4. Free from immunosuppressive and cancer inducing viral infections and other infectious diseases (long list)
5. friendly, confident, playful, interactive, curious
6. easy to tame
7. prolonged easy taming period (currently before 10 weeks of age, and in Australia it is illegal to sell birds before they can self feed, so for budgies this is usually around 5.5-6.5 weeks of age. Let’s extend that to 12 to 14 to 16 weeks of age.
8.Good talkers and easy to teach to talk, wanting to interact with people and listen, intelligent
9. Physically robust and free from genetic modifications that interfer with ability to fly, to perch, to see (without obscuring feathers in any direction!), to keep their face clean, to preen, to keep their vent clean.
11. Easy to breed without being chronic egg layers (cf poultry producing eggs for human consumption)
I have continued to add new pages, improve others, fill in some gaps, add some cross-links to make site more friendly. I have also been re-building and improving a site under construction that will soon replace my old www.budgiehealth.com. The new one is so much better already.
I have added 2 new pages to this website and improved the content of others. Please explore http://goldcoastbirdvet.weebly.com/zeo-vet-tox.html
Here's a link to my fanpage. I hope you will join me there and like it! https://www.facebook.com/DrRossPerryBirdVet?v=app_117308781696739
Today I am writing a page on Infectious Bird Diseases and linking it to some other pages already posted on this website as well as some other websites that I have built. Infectious Bird Diseases are often classified as viral bird diseases, bacterial bird diseases, fungal bird diseases, protozoal bird diseases and parasitic bird diseases.
I keep thinking of new content to add to this site, and nice little refinements to make it user friendly for you! It's getting better!
I am having fun building this website and hope you find it friendly, helpful, informative and easy to understand. As of the 24/10 it is about 50% built! Watch this space! Dr Ross Perry
Did you realise that if you hold the cursor over many of the items in the menu bar on the left side of the page you will prompt revelation of many more pages of helpful information? Try it now!
Dr Ross Perry is a man of many interests, many talents, many adventures, and much more, yet he is perhaps best known as The Bird Vet, the first bird specialist to be registered by the state Governments of Australia after examination by an international panel of judges in the subject of Caged and Aviary Bird Health. He is also internationally known among other bird vets for discovering desribing and naming Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) and Psittacine Pruritic Pollyfolliculosis (PPPF) etc. He has been described as the Grandfather of bird vets in Australia.